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Baby Jumping and Worm Charming: 60 of the World's Oddest Traditions

Some of the weirdest rites and rituals, from Ethiopia to Louisiana.

There are plenty of cultural traditions around the world that are beautiful and moving. These are not them. Or maybe they are, if it’s masks and pyrotechnics that strike your fancy.

Some other themes that appear throughout these bizarre festivals: giant puppets, monsters, coffin races, babies, and oranges. England has a surprisingly high number of odd rituals despite being such a small country, and lots of these traditions are so old no one can remember exactly how they began. 

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